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A key moment in the evolution of the modern blockbuster, JURASSIC WORLD (2015) is a cynical reboot about cynical reboots. We discuss what this enormously popular movie says about the world that spawned it, as well as its very peculiar sexist streak you may have noticed. PLUS: Why is Canada's conservative movement so Americanized?…
 
PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/398-cheese-back-77885785First, Luke breaks down exactly what's going on in the peculiar saga of noted compulsive-liar congressman George Santos. Next, Will offers an appreciation of the late New York underground filmmaker Nick Zedd and his "campy ACAB" classic POLICE STATE (1987). Finally, w…
 
PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/397-view-from-77710234After Mondo Cane it was time to watch a good movie, so we dipped back into the oeuvre of Werner Herzog. Popularly known as "the one where he hypnotized the entire cast," HEART OF GLASS (1976) and its apocalyptic vision offer some unique insights into the German maverick…
 
A misanthropic catalog of shocking images from around the world, the bizarre, unpleasant, baldly racist, and extremely influential MONDO CANE (1962) was a pioneering "shockumentary." We revisit this strange and ugly artefact to discuss why it was taken so seriously in its day.Join us on Patreon for an extra episode every week - https://www.patreon.…
 
PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/395-all-films-77414105According to official White House documents, Bill Clinton watched over 150 movies in the White House Screening Room during his presidency. In this very special episode, we discuss the films the 42nd president watched.โดย Luke Savage and Will Sloan, Jacobin
 
Upon its release, Steven Soderbergh's TRAFFIC (2000) offered something novel: a cinematic tapestry that criticized America's War on Drugs. More than 20 years later, we consider its strengths, as well as the impact that time has diminished. PLUS: Let's read a little from Prince Harry autobiography, shall we?Join us on Patreon for an extra episode ev…
 
PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/393-gabbo-is-77029119What if they made a blockbuster but the block doesn't bust? We sift through the wreckage of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's ill-fated bid for a hostile takeover of the DC cinematic universe, BLACK ADAM (2022).โดย Luke Savage and Will Sloan, Jacobin
 
Filmed in the aftermath of the 1970 "October Crisis" that brought martial law to Canada, Gilles Groulx's radical documentary 24 HOURS OR MORE (1973) takes a disapproving look at life in Quebec under capitalism during a moment when the postwar economic boom was receding. It's the kind of movie that isn't made anymore: a movie that questions the very…
 
As we enter 2023, it's time for our annual look back on the movies that defined our podcast over the past 12 months. In our third Year-in-Review Extravaganza, we're handing out awards for Best Movie, Worst Movie, Best End-of-History Movie, Thing We Liked Growing Up That Holds Up Relatively Well, Best Tubi Movie, and more. Will Alexandra Pelosi win …
 
PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/76653894If you'll indulge us, we'd like to keep the holiday spirit going a little longer by doing a deep ideological reading of one of the most important films ever made. Several years ago on this podcast, Cohost Luke was startled and delighted to discover that 1994's The Santa Clause was lo…
 
PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/76177655With the yuletide season upon us, our Superdelegate patron tier has voted for us to discuss the Bill Murray holiday semi-classic SCROOGED (1988). So we boiled up some hot chocolate and did our best to apply an ideological reading to this story of an '80s TV executive's path to Christ…
 
The 20-year filmmaking career of Alexandra Pelosi has been building up to this moment: a hagiographic documentary portrait of her mother, the outgoing U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. We watched PELOSI IN THE HOUSE (2022).Join us on Patreon for an extra episode every week - https://www.patreon.com/michaelandus"Nancy Pelosi’s Daughter Makes Awful Do…
 
PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/75918320In this episode, we discuss a variety of decaying institutions and lost futures. We hash over some thoughts on what the HARRY & MEGHAN Netflix show says about the decline of the monarchy, and then dissect the Christmas episode of the 1980s RAMBO: THE FORCE OF FREEDOM cartoon show rei…
 
In 1991, actor/martial artist/philosopher/current Russian special envoy to the U.S. Steven Seagal hosted Saturday Night Live for the first and only time. The result has gone down in history as one of the worst episodes of all time. We look back on this infamous show and find a nearly indecipherable time-capsule of the comedy and culture of the earl…
 
PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/75607790With the decennial Sight & Sound "Greatest Films of All Time" poll dominating Film Twitter, we discuss Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville's eccentric rumination on film history, 2 x 50 YEARS OF FRENCH CINEMA (1995). Commissioned as a documentary on the history of French cinema, …
 
The quintessential American folk troubadour and a beloved national icon, Woody Guthrie was also a committed lefty for whom art and politics were intertwined. We discuss his life and legacy via Hal Ashby's biopic BOUND FOR GLORY (1976), which takes a broad look at Guthrie and during the Great Depression. PLUS: How Joe Biden crushed a railroad worker…
 
PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/75275385After fleeing the Swedish tax authorities, Ingmar Bergman briefly set up shop in Germany to make what is widely considered his worst film. We look at his Berlin-set, David Carradine-starring rise-of-fascism drama THE SERPENT'S EGG (1977) to find out if it's really as bad as all that.…
 
Released shortly before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Howard Hawks' SERGEANT YORK (1941) was an attempt to rouse popular support for America entering the Second World War. We excavate one of the biggest box office hits of its day and find a movie in which God and Country are pitted together, and Country wins. PLUS: we hash over some of the drastic an…
 
PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/381-fine-horse-74986287The dystopia is already here in Boots Riley's SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (2018). This anti-capitalist comedy follows a telemarketer who is nearly seduced by a superstar billionaire. We discuss how the film identifies revolution as both necessary and nearly impossible. PLUS: m…
 
We've gazed into the abyss many times before but the Ray Romano/Gene Hackman comedy WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT (2004) - in which a former U.S. president runs for mayor against a small-town handyman - comes close to breaking us. PLUS: We recap the U.S. midterms, and ask: Is Ron DeSantis a serious threat to Donald Trump? (Short answer: no)Join us on Patreo…
 
We finally felt lucky enough to discuss the grandaddy of right-wing law-and-order movies, DIRTY HARRY (1971). One thing is for certain: this is one cop who takes no guff from no one. PLUS: fiery hot takes on the U.S. midterms, the labour strike that is rocking Canada, and the future of entertainment.Join us on Patreon for an extra episode every wee…
 
Adam McKay's VICE (2018) sought to give Dick Cheney the full reckoning for his crimes through art that he will never receive in life. Is the film necessary cinematic intervention in the ongoing Cheney reclamation project, or a condescending failure? Your hosts disagree sharply on this cinematic polemic. PLUS: fiery hot takes on Elon Musk's Twitter …
 
PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/74048274The terrible right-wing documentary RIDING THE DRAGON: THE BIDENS' CHINESE SECRETS (2022) attempts to argue that Joe Biden has used his diplomatic relationship with China to enrich his family. It's a theory that strikes us as basically true, but delivered with right-wing blinders. PL…
 
PATREON BONUS - https://www.patreon.com/posts/bonus-brazil-w-73950546Brazil’s extreme-right president Jair Bolsonaro might go down to defeat in the second round of presidential voting. But, win or lose, the political coalition he’s assembled may endure after October 30. In this interview, Luke talks to Vincent Bevins — who lived in Brazil from 2010…
 
In a distant future, a privileged ruling class lives in a city fuelled by an invisible army of workers who toil in barbaric conditions. Yes, this is the far-fetched scenario of one of the most iconic science-fiction films of all time, Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS (1927). We finally discuss the most famous of all Weimer-era movies, and debate whether or …
 
PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/73759807We discuss the chaotic state of British politics and the sudden end of the 44-day Liz Truss era; Alexandra Pelosi's surprise role in the January 6 hearings; and the very cheap pro-Donald Trump documentary TRUMPOCALYPSE NOW! (2017), another winner from Trump vs. the Illuminati directo…
 
We discuss death, bureaucracy, and postwar Japan in Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece IKURU (1952). PLUS: Everything you always wanted to know about Toronto's political culture (and upcoming municipal election) but were afraid to ask!โดย Luke Savage and Will Sloan, Jacobin
 
PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/73406324In this breezy and chill episode, your hosts compare notes on the craft of writing before getting into the most important topic of our times: a direct-to-streaming oddity called TRUMP VS. THE ILLUMINATI (2020). Cohost Will bravely watched this mysterious 69-minute movie on Tubi and i…
 
PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/73169180In one of the most popular documentaries of the Michael Moore era, Morgan Spurlock ate nothing but McDonald's for 30 days. We revisit SUPER SIZE ME (2004) and found - you guessed it! - a relic from a distinctly 2004 era of American liberalism.…
 
In 2015, three American armed forces vets foiled an attack on a train to Paris. Three years later, Clint Eastwood enlisted the boys to re-enact their experience in a major motion picture. The result, THE 15:17 TO PARIS (2018), is a genuinely strange docu-fiction experiment that, yes, has a lot to say about America.Join us on Patreon for an extra ep…
 
PATREON EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/370-world-of-72907776At long last, we have an extended discussion of a film by Wes Anderson. We discuss Anderson's political vision (or lack thereof) via one of his best films, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2013), and ask the question: What is Anderson nostalgic for?…
 
The new documentary series UNPRECEDENTED (2022) seeks to offer an unfiltered look at the Trump family in the weeks before the 2020 election and the January 6 riot. We discuss how its thickets of editorial commentary obscure a potentially compelling look into America's former first family, and then have a laugh reading from Trump Jr's debut book "Tr…
 
PATREON EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/368-we-can-it-72470448Our latest Superdelegate winner is Paul Verhoeven's demented blockbuster TOTAL RECALL (1990). We "get our asses to Mars" and discuss the film's future dystopia while also occasionally slipping into involuntary Arnold impressions.…
 
Libertarian magicians Penn & Teller turn their gaze to the art world in TIM'S VERMEER (2013), a documentary that attempts to prove that, with just the right set of tools and a lot of money, one wealthy entrepreneur can paint a Vermeer. We discuss the bleak, empty void that is Penn & Teller's view of art.See Luke at the Toronto International Festiva…
 
We mark Queen Elizabeth's passing by looking at towering work of royalist kitsch, THE KING'S SPEECH (2010). We discuss how this Oscar-winner humanizes the monarchy in order to uphold it.See Luke speak at the Toronto International Festival of Authors on September 27 - https://festivalofauthors.ca/event/critical-conversation-new-working-class/Hear Wi…
 
PATREON EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/365-journeys-72120783Luke finally returns to the podcast, and have we got a doozy of a movie for him. We return to the oeuvre of political scion Alexandra Pelosi and discuss DIARY OF A POLITICAL TOURIST (2004), a freewheeling account of the 2004 Democratic Party primary. It's both the worst …
 
PATREON EXCLUSIVE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/71837828At last - conservatives have made a movie about the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. Director Robert David (yes, the villain from Goonies) and Breitbart Media present MY SON HUNTER (2022), a feature film that alleges to expose the Bidens as an international crime family. Longtime friend of the s…
 
Popularly known as "one of the worst movies ever made," Ed Wood's GLEN OR GLENDA? (1953) was a pioneering attempt at progressive cinematic treatment of trans issues. It's also a film at war with itself. We're joined by special guest Valerie Faye to discuss why this extraordinary film is cinema's greatest depiction of "closet mindset."Join Michael &…
 
PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/71449739In the mid-'90s, a car dealership in Texas offered contestants a chance to win a free truck if they could perform one feat of physical and mental agility: keep one hand on the truck for longer than anyone else. The documentary HANDS ON A HARDBODY (1997) captures the contest in all it…
 
One of the key films of Brazil's Cinema Novo movement, Glauber Rocha's masterpiece TERRA EM TRANSE aka ENTRANCED EARTH (1967) envisions a fictional Latin American country where the left- and right-wing parties both feed from the same trough, and asks what role art can play in revolution, if any. Friend-of-the- show Violet Lucca returns to place the…
 
PATREON EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/360-hitch-in-71080314A new book collection, A HITCH IN TIME, brings together a wide range of writings by Christopher Hitchens from before his 9/11-era neocon conversion. Returning once again to one of our favourite subjects, we discuss how the essays show Hitchens at his best, while also for…
 
The new documentary ALEX'S WAR (2022) seeks to "look past the caricature" of the Infowars gadfly Alex Jones. Your hosts find themselves disagreeing on the usefulness of this nonjudgmental profile of the notorious conspiracy theorist.Join us on Patreon for an extra episode every week: https://www.patreon.com/michaelandus…
 
PATREON-EXCLUSIVE EPISODE - Join us on Patreon for an extra episode every week - https://www.patreon.com/posts/358-arc-of-70689387A wonk who believed in incremental reform and parliamentary process, the Canadian NDP politician Stanley Knowles was a genuine socialist who earnestly embodies many of the qualities that we distrust in liberals. We watch…
 
Our Superdelegate patron tier was mad as hell that we hadn't yet discussed Sidney Lumet and Paddy Chayefsky's NETWORK (1976) and wasn't going to take it anymore. We watched an American classic and discovered that Howard Beale's famous speech isn't even the most important speech in the movie.Join us on Patreon for an extra episode every week - https…
 
PATREON EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/70295935We do our customary check-in on the Wetmovie1 gang, move on to the Canadian pundit class's response to the rise of Pierre Poilievre, before finally addressing the big question: what role to Tom Cruise and Jay Leno play in a post-9/11 world? Luckily, the great men have a few ideas of their own …
 
Many movies in the 1980s depicted American urban landscapes as lawless hellholes, but Paul Verhoeven's ROBOCOP (1987) was unique for locating the source of the problem in the corporate world. The Superdelegate patron tier has voted for us to watch one of the most beloved screen satires of all time, and we were happy to oblige.See cohost Will introd…
 
PATREON EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/70079242COUNTER-STRIKE became a video game phenomenon. It also served as a laboratory for the exploitation of video game labor and the commodification trends that dominate the games industry and the broader internet today. On this episode, Luke is joined by beloved guest Alex Ross for a wide-ranging d…
 
In 1984, Godzilla rose from Tokyo Bay for the first time in nine years for THE RETURN OF GODZILLA. In 1985, an American distributor dramatically recut the movie into GODZILLA 1985. We're joined at long last by Important Cinema Club cohost Justin Decloux to discuss the many structural and ideological changes that were imposed upon Godzilla's big com…
 
PATREON EPISODE - https://www.patreon.com/posts/352-return-of-us-69623420In the thrilling conclusion to our two-part mailbag episode, the listeners pummel us with a dizzying array of questions, leading us to discussions on subjects ranging from the current "multiverse" trend to whether or not podcasts count as activism (spoiler: they don't).…
 
Alexandra Pelosi strikes again! In her documentary SAN FRANCISCO 2.0 (2015), the political scion turns her attention to her home city, gazing with awe upon the tech industry's sudden takeover while registering some tepid notes of ambivalence about the gentrification that has priced many longtime residents out. We discuss why, despite being Nancy Pe…
 
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